Former Big Brother presenter Dermot O'Leary has paid tribute to the show after the reality TV series bowed out last night, describing his experience as a "hoot".

O'Leary presented the programme's original companion show Big Brother's Little Brother from 2001 until 2008.
He posted a picture of himself and the main show's original presenter Davina McCall on Instagram, and wrote:

"Flat out yesterday, so apologies for tardy nature of message.

"Candles lit for Big Brother. Alongside T4 , BBLB is where I served my apprenticeship. Worked, laughed, 'stood stone like at midnight' and grew up with some of the most fun, smart, hard working people I've had the pleasure to know.

"Too many to name, but special mention in dispatches to @susyprice1, Deborah Sargeant and Phil Edgar Jones...

"And learnt from the best @davinamccall . Thanks BB and all that sailed in her. It was a hoot."

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